Postcard from Ireland: Loher Stone Fort
In County Kerry just off the N70 between Caherdaniel and Waterville, overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay, stands the Loher Stone Fort. Had we not had a local friend for a guide we would never have known it even exists.
It can be a bit tricky to locate but if you know what you are looking for it is worth the hunt! We found it much more interesting than Staigue Fort, besides being easier to get to, and free!
As you can see, the day was overcast and misty, but that only added to the ambiance. There is a carpark just off the road, and a gradual slope to the graveled walk down to the caher. The “Recently reconstructed” fort was built in the early Christian period as a defended farmstead. The circular outer walls are over 2 meters high. The interior is taken up by a large round house*
*and a smaller rectangular house; these were added later and preceded by wooden buildings. During excavations a souterrain was discovered in the
circular house but this is no longer accessible. *
Requesting my favorite, most beautiful photo of Ireland is asking a lot! I decided to use something that many people won’t know about rather than the well-known touristy places I have hundreds of pictures of.
Judy — Kingsville, Texas
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